UK shipping tool Shiptheory has added support for domestic and international carrier FedEx.
Shiptheory's FedEx integration automates the creating of shipping labels, manifests and tracking notifications
Shiptheory's flexible shipping rules engine can control which orders are dispatched on which FedEx service, using a combination of consignment weight, value, destination and other factors.
Shiptheory founder James Mikkelson said, "FedEx is a truly international brand. Adding support to Shiptheory for FedEx increases our customers international shipping abilities."
FedEx serves over 220 countries with a combination of air, ground and sea services. Bringing FedEx into Shiptheory provides a more seamless international shipping solution to users of integrated ecommerce platforms Magento, Brightpearl and Exact.
Ecommerce software vendor ChannelAdvisor has announced its 2015 full year financial results, with its overall performance significantly improved compared to the previous year.
The total revenue for the year was $100.6 million, a 18 percent increase compared with total revenue of $84.9 million in 2014. On GAAP the company made a net loss of $21 million compared to a loss of $34.5 million in 2014. On EBITDA a profit of $1.4 million was made in 2015 compared to a loss of $19.5 million in 2014.
ChannelAdvisor processed $6.8 billion in total gross merchandise value in 2015, an increase of 19 percent from 2014. Total customer count was 2,898 at the end of the year, an increase of 2 percent from 2,841 customers at the end of 2014.
ChannelAdvisor CEO David Spitz said, "We had a very strong finish to the year, as our fourth quarter revenue and adjusted EBITDA were above the high end of our guidance ranges. Improvements in pricing, our focus on attracting and retaining larger retailers and branded manufacturers, and our emphasis on customer success helped produce a significant increase in gross merchandise value through our platform in the quarter, as well as continued growth in average revenue per customer. Revenue overperformance came largely from a meaningful increase in variable subscription revenue and enabled us to exceed the $100 million mark in annual revenue for the first time in our company's history."
Amazon repricing software company Feedvisor has released a new solution for private label sellers.
The new repricing tool is the first of its kind for private label sellers, says Feedvisor. The solution uses machine-learning algorithms to model the demand for private label items based on hundreds of data-points, in order to identify the right price for the item according to the retailer's business goals.
Feedvisor CEO Victor Rosenman said, "We've witnessed an upward trend in private label selling in today's market, but most repricing solutions cannot address the unique challenges private label selling presents. With no competition for these items, many retailers struggle with pricing decisions, and guesswork is often their default baseline."
Private label sellers create unique products by adding their own branding to generic items. This means that there are normally no competing sellers offering exactly the same product on Amazon, but often many similar products with differing branding and sometimes minor design differences.
Feedvisor's new solution enables private label sellers to price their items without inputting any rules or identifying similar products. Instead, Feedvisor's algorithms calculate demand for the product based on historical sales and current market data, enabling accurate pricing that eliminates human bias. This enables private label retailers to increase profit margins, maintain a steady pace of sales, and make accurate purchasing and replenishment decisions.
Rosenman continued, "The private label repricing solution has been developed closely with Feedvisor's customers, and in its beta form has already produced incredible results. In the last two months, some customers have seen their private label sales jump by as high as 58 percent and their profit grow by 65 percent."
A recent Feedvisor and Web Retailer survey found that 17% of Amazon sellers only sell private label products.
A new tool from software vendor XSellco has been released to help Amazon sellers ship their orders: XSellco Swift.
XSellco Swift integrates with Amazon's Buy Shipping API, allowing shipping labels to be bought and printed for both ordinary merchant-fulfilled orders and also Seller-Fulfilled Prime orders.
XSellco CEO Victor Corcoran said, "By integrating with Amazon's Buy Shipping API, we wanted to provide our customers with an easy-to-use application to help simplify their order management and shipping process. With XSellco Swift, qualified Self-Fulfilled Merchants can now exploit the full benefits of joining the Prime program."
Features include the ability to communicate directly with Amazon and receive quotes for shipping from a network of Amazon Partnered Carriers. Sellers can then buy and print shipping and packaging labels, and slips required under Amazon guidelines. A dispatch countdown timer notifies sellers of impending order deadlines. Sellers can automate specific shipping tasks by creating unique rules for individual SKUs and approved shipping carriers.
Amazon's Seller-Fulfilled Prime program enables merchants' products to qualify for the Prime badge, while shipping orders themselves. Previously, the Prime badge was only shown for inventory in Amazon's own FBA fulfillment service.
Seller-Fulfilled Prime merchants will be required to use Amazon's Buy Shipping API to purchase labels for all their Prime shipments in the very near future, says XSellco.
XSellco Swift has a free 30-day trial.
Ecommerce platform Shopify has announced that all its stores now support SSL encryption, at no cost to store owners.
All pages, images and other data on over 200,000 stores powered by Shopify can now be accessed using SSL encryption. To acheive this, Shopify have issued and set up SSL certificates for every store they host, at no additional cost to existing or future Shopify merchants. Store owners will need to activate their SSL certificates in the Shopify control panel then all traffic will be redirected from HTTP to encrypted HTTPS.
HTTPS increases shoppers trust in the store, and is a factor in Google's search results ranking algorithm, says Shopify.
Shopify has always used SSL for the checkout process but other traffic to its websites used unsecured HTTP.
Ecommerce platform Bigcommerce has released a new app for easy listing to eBay Australia.
The app, developed in partnership with eBay Australia, provides a way to list products and manage inventory on eBay. The integration is available only to sellers residing in Australia or New Zealand.
Features include rapid bulk listing, customisable templates, automatic mapping to eBay categories, custom discount rules, and more.
eBay Senior Director Retailer Growth, Tim MacKinnon said "We look forward to working with Bigcommerce to introduce thousands of new sellers to the largest community of online shoppers in Australia".
eBayLINK is available on the Bigcommerce marketplace.
Bigcommerce was founded in 2009 by Australians Eddie Machaalani and Mitchell Harper. Its headquarters is now in Austin, Texas.
Ecommerce management software SalesWarp can now print US Postal Service shipping labels directly from within the platform.
SalesWarp users can purchase USPS postage, print shipping labels, and get real-time USPS shipping quotes and tracking information from within the SalesWarp platform.
"Our retail clients can also buy and manage postage directly within SalesWarp," said SalesWarp CEO and Founder David Potts. "This functionality enhances our users' experience, giving them a more efficient and seamless shipping solution."
USPS labels are provided in SalesWarp through a partnership with Endicia.